Deportation: April 2011 Archives

[This post was originally written for Crooks and Liars]

I'm almost in denial about having to ask people to do this: sign this petition at to help stop the deportation of Prerna Lal. It's difficult to think of a more stupid move for the Obama administration to make than to initiate removal proceedings against Prerna. Prerna is arguably the most visible undocumented person, or Dreamer (after the DREAM Act), in the U.S.

As her website will tell you, she helped found, one of the most powerful online hubs for migrant youth, she's a blogger at, and she's a board member of Immigration Equality. She also earned her Master's degree in International Relations and is currently studying to get her law degree at George Washington University.

The Obama administration is telling us that they're focusing their resources on the worst of the worst while folks on the ground know that they're going after people like Prerna all the time. If you don't want to read on, please sign this petition to stop Prerna's deportation.
I'm happy to report that Crooks & Liars just published the following post. I'm back to blog blazin' if you can't already tell, and trying to get my writing out there any and everyway that I can. Maybe someday I'll be able to make a living off of it :)

I was honored to first have the opportunity to write for Crooks & Liars shortly before the first DREAM Act vote, last year, mostly because it's one of the first blogs I started reading.

Since I couldn't watch most U.S. news in Guatemala, or I didn't have a TV when I first moved up to the U.S., I used to go to C&L to get my daily dose when the internet and my computer was slow enough that I had to download the .wmv files in order to watch them. I still have a lot of those files archived actually.

In honor of that history I'll probably continue to post there first with the sort of content that I used to love to consume. I'll cross-post at Citizen Orange afterwards, of course. Enjoy the post!

If Obama wants any chance of a pro-migrant voter advantage going into 2012, he better start taking lessons from folks like Mass. State Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton).

As if to illustrate just how sickening nativists can be Moran was flooded with hate mail after he was rear ended by 27-year-old unauthorized migrant Isaias Naranjo. The responsibility for the focusing this hate on Moran lies primarily with the nativist denizens of the Boston Herald opinion page, like Michael Graham and Joe Battenfeld, who singled Moran out for his courageous pro-migrant stances. Car crashes, huzzah!
I was hoping Julia Preston's latest New York Times piece would provide some light at the end of the tunnel of this mess that the Obama administration has gotten us into.  Instead, it's left me scratching my head even more.  Now, I'm even more certain of my call for Janet Napolitano to resign.  

Preston contrasts the treatment of Olga Zanella who has been fighting her deportation for over two years in Texas, with ICE officials in Central Florida who are doing the following:

ICE officials in central Florida recently invited immigration lawyers to bring forward illegal immigrants facing deportation who did not have criminal records, offering provisional authorization for them to remain here and work legally.
Julia Preston - New York Times (26 April 2011)

It's the first I've heard of this, and at first glance, it's the most reasonable thing I've heard of ICE doing in a long while. I'll reach out to some of the contacts I have in Florida and give them a chance to confirm and respond.

However, the take away from Preston's piece isn't so much that ICE is doing something reasonable, but how much of a mess it is. Gregory Chen at AILA takes it home:

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